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Jackpots: Check your Powerball numbers now, Mega Millions at $750 million Friday

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 1/14/2021 Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati Enquirer
a sign on the side of a bridge: A digital billboard in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, shows jackpots for the Mega Millions and Powerball games. Lottery players have a chance to win the largest jackpots in nearly two years as Mega Millions has grown to $600 million and Powerball has climbed to $550 million. © Scott McFetridge, AP A digital billboard in Des Moines on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, shows jackpots for the Mega Millions and Powerball games. Lottery players have a chance to win the largest jackpots in nearly two years as Mega Millions has grown to $600 million and Powerball has climbed to $550 million.

Update: 11:15 p.m.: The winning Powerball numbers drawn Wednesday night, Jan. 13,  are: 4, 19, 23, 25, 49 and the Powerball is 14. The Power Play is 2x. The jackpot was at $550 million.

No information is available yet as to whether a winning ticket was sold.

The next Powerball drawing will be at 10:59 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

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No one picked all six winning numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing. That jackpot is now at $750 million. The next Mega Millions drawing is  at 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

Previous reporting: You still have a couple hours to get in on the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, which are growing to historic numbers this week. 

The Powerball drawing is at 11 p.m. tonight. Ticket sales stop at 10:45 p.m. for tonight's 11 p.m. Powerball drawing. 

The second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history is up for grabs on Friday after nobody won Tuesday's jackpot

Tonight's jackpot now stands at an estimated $550 million, or $411.4 million cash value. Officials said it's the highest the Powerball jackpot has been since March 2019.

Currently, the Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $750 million, or $550.6 million cash. 

Mega Millions officials said the winner could earn the honor of being the third-largest lotto prize winner in American history, competing with two previous Powerball winners who hit at $768.4 and $758.7 million. 

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Looking to get in on the action? Here's everything you need to know about playing Powerball and Mega Millions: 

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Mega Millions

When are the drawings?

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.

What are the chances you'll win?

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350 and the odds of taking home $1 million by getting a match 5 are 1 in 12,607,306. The overall chance of winning any prize is 1 in 24. 

How much does it cost?

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play.

Megaplier cost an extra $1 but the payoff could be huge. Megaplier lets players increase non-jackpot prize winnings by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.

So if you win the $1 million second-tier prize in Mega Millions, and the Megaplier number drawn is 5, your prize would be $5 million.

Where do you buy tickets?

In Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana (and most other states) you can buy a Mega Millions ticket at local gas stations, convenience stores and supermarkets until 10:45 p.m. on drawing night. To find locations,  search on the Mega Millions website.

In Kentucky, residents can even purchase tickets online at Kylottery.com


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In Ohio, residents can use Lottery Card available in Kroger, Buehler’s Fresh Foods and Giant Eagle stores. It allows Ohio consumers to enter draw games on their phones and get notified and paid electronically if they win.

How do you pick numbers and which ones do you pick?

Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers. There are five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25. Players can also select Easy Pick or Quick Pick and have the numbers auto drawn.

Here's what you need to win:

To win the big all six numbers on your ticket must match the winning numbers. There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions. 

  • Match 5 numbers (or 1 to 70) + 1 number (1 to 25) = Jackpot
  • 5 + 0 = $1 million
  • 4 + 1 = $10,000
  • 4 + 0 = $500
  • 3 + 1 = $200
  • 3 + 0 = $10
  • 2 + 1+ $10
  • 1 + 1 = $4
  • 0 + 1 = $2

What do get when you win?

If you hit the big one, there are two options, annuity or cash. 

With the annuity option, the prize is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. According to Mega Millions, each payment is 5 percent bigger than the previous one.

The cash option is a one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

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Powerball

When are the drawings?

Powerball drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday at 11 p.m.

What are the chances that you'll win?

There is a 1 in 24.9 chance of winning a prize when the advertised jackpot is $40 million and it stays the same the larger the pot gets. 

How much does it cost?

Powerball costs $2 per play. 

In Kentucky, $1 gets you a power play, which will multiply your Powerball winnings, as long as it isn't the jackpot. So if you win $100 and the power play is 3, you win $300. 

Where do you buy tickets?

In Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana (and most other states) you can buy a Mega Millions ticket at local gas stations, convenience stores and supermarkets. In Ohio, polls close at 10 p.m.

In Kentucky, players can also get tickets online on the Kentucky Lottery website, www.kylottery.com. 

How do you pick numbers and which ones do you pick?

Select five numbers from 1 to 69 for the white balls; then select one number from 1 to 26 for the red Powerball.

Choose your numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick your numbers.

Here's what you need to win:

Players win a prize by matching one of the nine ways to win:

  • 5 + Powerball = jackpot
  • 5 + no Powerball = $1 million (If you opt for the powerplay, the max prize is $2 million)
  • 4 + Powerball = $50,000
  • 4 + no Powerball = $100
  • 3 + Powerball = $100
  • 3 + no Powerball =$7
  • 2 + Powerball =$7
  • 1 + Powerball = $4
  • 0 + Powerball =$4

What do you get when you win?

A Powerball jackpot winner may choose to receive their prize in 30 payments over 29 years or a lump-sum payment.

If the annuity option is selected, the winner is guaranteed to receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years. The annual payments increase by 5 percent until the 30th and final payment.

The 30 payments added up equal the value of the annuity. 

Federal and jurisdictional income taxes apply to both jackpot prize options.

What to do when you win:

Prizes must be claimed in the jurisdiction where the winning ticket was purchased, within a certain number of days.

Players can generally claim a prize up to $600 at any licensed lottery retailer in the jurisdiction where they bought the ticket. Prizes over $600 can be claimed at some lottery offices and at lottery headquarters. 

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